Drive-through graduation turns into a celebration
By Johnny Whitfield firstname.lastname@example.org
Despite a misty rain, the mood was definitely celebratory Thursday afternoon at Piedmont Community College.
In yet another nod to the coronavirus, the college held an unusual graduation ceremony Thursday afternoon (May 21), inviting graduates to drive through the campus to collect their diplomas.
About 40 graduates took the college up on the offer. One by one the cars, parked in the main student parking lot, wheeled through the driveway in front of the G Building where they were met by trustees and faculty.
As each student’s car drove past, several faculty and trustee board members, parked in their own cars, flashed their lights, honked their horns, greeting each student.
Nearly every student was accompanied in their car by family members or friends filling the front and back seats. In most cases, someone in the car was manning a cell phone, capturing the event for posterity on their own video.
The entire ceremony took only about 45 minutes, but it was a happy experience for both graduates, their families and the faculty and staff.
Each graduate received their diploma from PCC President Pamela Senegal, and a yard sign they could display at home to let passersby know there was a graduate in the house. They also received other gifts from the PCC Alumni Foundation.
Thursday’s drive-through ceremony was an effort by the college to make the traditional graduation season complete in a timely way.
The college will hold a formal graduation ceremony for all students in December at the Kirby Theater.
A full list of PCC graduates in the Class of 2020 is listed below:
Briana Agundiz-Martinez, Luis Aldaz, Crystal Starr Allen, Bri-Kell LaShae Averett, Gadethia Cheri Barnette, Austin Wade Beggarly, Everytte Bettis, Tianna Denice Blackwell, Katie Ruth Bowes, Rosa Mae Brandon, Joseph Lee Briggs, Katlyn LeAnne Brogden, Lewellyn F. Bryan, Deanna Dickerson Burch, Noah Benjamin Burch, Hunter Ray Chilton, Brittany Breana Clay, Ethan Clay, Christopher Lee Colleen, Lauren N. Collie, Elijah Luke Cooksey, Ashley L. Davis, Julie M. Davis, Ashley Elizabeth Dillehay, Jamie Lynne Dixon, Cassandra Blake Duncan, Harley Elizabeth Dunkley, Maria Rebecca DuQue, Daveshea Chernette Easton, Silvia Annel Espinoza and Josiah Nathaniel Faison;
Also, Mary McCracken Flores, Aaron Matthew Floyd, Aidan Ford, August Renee Fox, Wade Fuller, Yuritzi Guadalupe Garduno Castillo, Courtney Paige Gentry, Jessie Lynne Guill, Tina McKinney Hall, Katie E. Hampton, Felita Renee Harris, Sarah Beth Harris, Garret Hill, Tanagzia Nicole Holt, Sahraya Marie Hunter, Cooper Isaacs, Marlene Jimenez, Lanasia Jones, Lana Marie Kendrick, Tracey Diane Kilmer, Elyssa Jean Koutsis, Heather Marie Lawrence, Paulina A. Logan, Brandyn Lowe, Haley Lynelle Lunsford, Jordan A. Malinski, Logan Michael Martinez and Denise Mason;
Jessica Maria Mata Lopez, Matthew C. McCullock, Jason Ray Mercer, Lauren A. Mooney, Keevela Moore, Tanzania Moore, Gina Ross Morton, Kylie Rebecca Myers, Lauren Nicole Oakley, Amanda W. Oakley, Dalton James O’Brien, Haley Elizabeth Parham, Maria Cheyenne Pleasant, Jennifer B. Potter, Alicia India Powell, Elissa Pruit, Allen D. Pyles, Stephanie Holbrook Reaves, Ryland Wayne Rhew Jr., Amy Denise Rice, Jacqueline Roman, Meghan JoAnna Rossi, Terri Royster, JaMauri Savon Royster, Lukas Drew Rutledge and Jasmine Marie Sanders;
Also, Anastasia Marie Scott, Laura Leigh Shotwell, Karah Shytle Sarah Elizabeth Sidney, Kierra DeCharnet Snipes, Elizabeth A. St. John, Shannon Stewart, William Thomas, Alyssa Marie Thompson, Caleb Thompson, Monica Bryanna Thorpe, Elaine Tsoukaris, Irene Nicole Tsoukaris, Mariella Vargas, Zachary M. Walker, Jenna Lee Wallace, Brenda Walters, Brittany White, Amare McCoy Williams, Jonathan Michael Willis, Savannah Lea Wilson, Kamaya Winstead, Anfernee Luther Yancey, Lindsey Nicole Young, Mark Logan Zizzi and Morgan Alexandra Zizzi;
Also, Cameron Scott Whitman, Samuel David Sizemore, Jordan Duane Butner, Zachary W. Dailey, Thomas A. Doyle, Tia Alexis Harris, Monique Denis, Jose Ramon Ceja, Isaac Reynoso, Thomas A. Doyle, Vernon Walls, Timothy Smith, Matthew James Ray Jennings, Kyle Egland, Richard Gardner, Kevin Dean Renuart, Christopher Lee Colleen, Diana Dickens McGinty, Ashley N. Sudduth, Prophet Q. Dandy, Chadwick L. Brooks, Nadia C. Cammon, India L. Burton, Angel D. Puebla-Esparza, Rickie D. Clayton, Cecilia Reynoso, Iya Hairston and Mercel L. Smith;
Also, Chanel A. Hurst, Ashley Clayton Personius, Tonya R. Faulkner, Angela Elliott Hargis, Roderick N. Mims, William L. Ingram, John Lewis Jones Jr., Jasmine D. Medley, Jeffrey R. Scott, Marcus D.Satterfield, Brittany Lynn Buchanan, Carla Janelle Bradsher, Zachary Carver, William Currin Montgomery, Warren Lee Terry, Stacy M. Bostick, Mary Lindsay Jordan, Yondora A. Satterfield, Timothy W. Barry, Sarah L. Michael, Jared Christopher Hill, Jarrett Brooks, Kaylee B. Adcock, Bradly Dale Ray Ester, Kayla A. Ramey and Michael D. Day;
Also, Jason Andrew Clack, Kamryn D. Dickey, Brianna M. Connolly, Priya A. Caldwell, Larry Griffin, Vernon L. Walls, Randall S. Philyaw, Cornelius H. Hunt, Vladislav Biruk, Gregory T. Adkins, Charles Naas, Charles Harrison, Antonio Gwynn, Mario Capps, Keith M. Willis, Delmario R. Stubblefield, Willie J. Harris, Nathaniel Pickard, Ramon T. Rosas, William L. Roddey, Korey L. Beatty, Dwight Dobson, Charles Washington, Wallace Baldwin, Noah Payne Tart, William Dann Stanfield, Arian Dawn Brown, Kenetrius Jermone Jackson, Michael Edward Keely, Kevin Dean Renuart, Joseph Scott Tatum IV, Michael Henry Wilkins, Jr., William Long Thompson, Jr., Kion Thomas, Paige Austin Lee, Stacy M. Bostick, Jennifer Marie Quintero and Katie Adams.
Photo: 2020 graduate Harley Dunkley rides through the receiving line at Piedmont Community College's drive-through graduation ceremony on Thursday afternoon. (By Johnny Whitfield email@example.com)